Monster of the Day #110

Ray Harryhausen.  The gift that keeps on giving.

  • KeithB

    Do you think they can channel him for the “Clash of the Titans” re-make? Do you think I can get a pony, too?

  • Probably the only person on the planet who doesn’t like this movie. Harryhausen’s work is amazing, obviously, but something about the main characters bother me.

  • Gamera

    Thanks Herc, you had to go steal from the giant iron golem’s treasure hoard. Guess that’s why you’re known for your great strength rather than you giant IQ…

  • John Campbell

    Careful or “Herc smash Gamera!”


    Someone HAD to say it..

  • Gamera

    Bah, Herc knows he’s dumb but doesn’t care. After all he gets all the gals… ;)

  • TongoRad

    Maybe all of these movies have tended to blend together in my memory, but if I had to guess this one would be Jason and teh Argonauts. Either way, I am happy to have grown up in an age where these pictures were typical Saturday late-afternoon fare, usually right before the Star Trek reruns came on.

  • The Rev.

    TR: You are correct on which movie. It’s not my favorite of these, as I find the storyline isn’t very gripping, but it does have some of the most memorable critters in it: Talos here, the hydra, and the sprouting skeleton warriors (my favorite part of the movie).

  • Gamera

    I loved the Hallmark Channel version as well but they didn’t have Talos in it (sniff).

  • Rock Baker

    It’s a fun ride, but I’m not crazy about how the movie ends without really finishing the story (Or maybe I need to watch it again, it seems like the confrontation prophecied in the first reel, the very thing that sets this whole adventure in motion, is never seen. Again, I may’ve forgotten something since I saw it last, maybe that’s what the skeleton army scene was all about).

  • Did you already post the skeleton warriors? They were the best part of this movie.

  • JJ Gauthier

    Re: Rock Baker’s comment on the unfinished ending

    Jason & the Argonauts was supposed to be the first in a series, but apparently the film wasn’t quite successful enough to get the sequel greenlit.

    I feel the same way about J&tA as I do about Clash of the Titans: the characters and story are so-so, but when Harryhausen takes over, the films are magical. If only it wasn’t such a chore getting to those scenes.

  • Rock Baker

    Okay, that makes sense. Given the flood of Hercules movies at the time, an American-produced Jason series probably seemed like a can’t-miss idea. The ironic thing is that they might’ve been able to justify sequels if they’d been able to cut their costs by not hiring Ray to do the effects, but then it seems likely the film would be forgotten now instead of the must-see classic that it is.